I’m half way through writing Graviton and it will be with you soon. As editors seem to delight in reminding me, soon is a relative term with novelists.
I have two aims with this novel:
- To deliver a story which ran to completion in 4 hours providing a novel in which the plot moved faster than most fast readers can keep up. Just for the satisfaction of proving to myself that I could.
- For it to be my first novel set in Cambridge, England. So many important scientific discoveries have morphed out of the city’s Fenland mist that I sensed poetic licence. When something completely unexpected happened in Cambridge, it would seem more probable. All I had to do was ensure the story was credible. On the edge of credibility to be sure, yet still credible. And fast moving.
Stone Spirit combines my childhood in outback Australia with my work as a psychologist. It’s far deeper than my fast-moving novels. To date it’s in bullet point form requiring a lot more research.
Alien Twist is set in the arid centre of Australia allowing me to combine my love of the indigenous people’s Dreamtime legends with modern science. It pits the long-held fundamentals with the supposed superiority of modern technology. Who do you think wins?
E lacks a title and all I can say is the heroine’s name begins with E. It’s a classic theme of the little people versus the system. A thriller in which the capitalists who dominate our energy systems use all their dirty tricks to curtail a determined group of creative environmentalists.
These novels will develop as time allows. I’m writing this page during the Covid-19 pandemic and my company supplies hygiene products which combat that coronavirus. Our greatest contribution lies in discovering where new infectious agents arise and why. I have allocated valuable time to write Coronoia®. Alcohol sanitisers fuel the pandemic? The establishment from the World Health Organisation down had their best protocols and products in place when the new coronavirus was first identified. Yet the virus still managed to kill over 2 million people. Might that suggest to a novelist that something was either missing or amiss in their best? Yes, it does. If that novelist also happened to have an excellent professional record for halting very infectious viruses, might he have some clues to share? He certainly does. Sadly, the catalogue of errors which led to the global pandemic are too unbelievable for a novel. They need to be in a non-fiction work. Hence Coronoia.